Extension Agent

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 019217 - MSU Extension- Desoto County
Location: Desoto County
Categories: Professional, Extension Agent
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

This position is will be housed on the Desoto County office located in Hernando, MS

Area of Specialization:

4H Youth Development

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Extension Agent will identify and organize information regarding clientele needs and assess the relevance, significance, and timeliness of identified needs in consultation with the County Extension Coordinator; develop an annual plan of work and measurable goals in collaboration with appropriate statewide priority program group and the County Extension Coordinator that adequately address identified needs; determine priorities, levels of effort, and scheduling to allow attainment of program goals; implement program plans; and evaluate program content, methods, and activities for program effectiveness and impact. The Extension Agent will support the County Extension Coordinator and adjacent Extension Agents in the assigned area to assure programming responds to local needs and to participate in county data reporting, including accountability reports stakeholders; demonstrate sensitivity to key social, economic, and public issues; develop excellent relationships with educational, regulatory, an service organizations whose missions are relevant to the goals of Extension; and actively participate in local and state professional and civic organizations.

The Extension Agent will support 4-H clubs in Desoto County toward the achievement of increased participation and strengthened 4-H programs. The Extension Agent will identify, recruit, and train local volunteer leaders to enable them to effectively perform their duties while serving on committees, clubs and/or organizations. The Extension Agent will follow system and agency guidance to ensure participant safety in camps and programs for minors and work with other to ensure a safe environment for participants in camps/programs for minors. The Extension Agent will be expected to work in the community resource development area as it relates to 4-H. The Extension Agent will be expected to actively engage in Extension Northwest Region 4-H programs hosted in Desoto County.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in an Agriculture, Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, or field of study determined by Extension Administration to be closely related to the job duties from an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants (without a master's degree) must have a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of college coursework on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must agree to complete a master's degree within five (5) academic years of employment. Applicant must maintain a valid drivers' license.

Salary will be commensurate with level of qualification, Benefits include personal and medical leave, retirement, and medical insurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in 4H programming

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential.

Instructions for Applying:

Must complete online application; submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a current unofficial transcript (with social security numbers removed). An official copy of transcripts will be required if selected for an interview. Review of application will begin on September 9, 2018, and continue until position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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